Posted on October 21, 2013
Falling leaves and Fire engines...
With the onset of autumn also came the realization that this will be Krystal's last favorite season in our presence. Krystal loves this season of pumpkins, beautiful colored trees, falling leaves, the crispness of the air, and the aroma of something yummy in the crock-pot. She always looked forward to decorating the interior of their home with the warmth of the season, and the annual trek to the Pumpkin Patch. Oh how she looked forward to observing her kidlets scrambling to choose the most "perfect one". Her blog posts about their Pumpkin Patch adventures are just one of many things I am already missing. Tommy did manage to load the family into the van a couple of weeks ago and take them twice in one weekend, and they thoroughly enjoyed it.
The kids got to have another overnight stay at Gramma and Grampa's house while the Huskies tried to drown the Oregon Ducks. They were very excited to go as they were promised time in the hot tub "in the dark" and roasting(setting em on fire) marshmallows over the open fire. Miriam waited till 6:45 in the morning to wake Gramma for a diaper change which is the kids norm, but way, way too early for Gramma to be awake, let alone up! Husky home games are a good time to visit Krystal as the kids are usually not there, so you can have an uninterrupted conversation. And truth be told I think she gets lonely with just her caregiver for company.
A series of boxes arrived week before last, all addressed to different members of the Warwick household. I tried my best to "hide" them (per the senders instructions) but found that easier said than done. Six year olds have pretty good memories (when they want to) and Titus was very curious as to what was in each of them. Thank you Grampa Ron and Gramma Jeri...I so wish you could have been present for the smiles. There were goodies galore for the kids including lots of "military attire", yummies for Krystal, and when Tommy opened his, he said " this is just like Christmas"...and then the BIG BOX! The biggest, bestest, fire engine ever, before we even had batteries to make it operational! And just in time for Elijah's "special day" at school where he gets to bring the snack, present his "show and tell" and be in charge of some of the activities in his classroom. He chose to wear his new dark grey cords with red fire engines on them with his coordinating fireman sweatshirt and coat! And of course he took a fire engine.(the new one was far too big to fit in his book bag, but he had plenty others to choose from) He was a very happy camper to say the least.
Excitement is building for The War on Brain Tumors 5K next month. The kids have been informed of the event, and so ask daily "how much longer till we walk for Mommy?" Tommy is excited that he gets to go for a run, and we are all really looking forward to seeing everyone. The article this week in the Bothell Reporter was very informative and we are hoping that some of the same people from Krystal's past that saw the article in August about this journey, will read this one as well and be able to join us. We are encouraged by the number of participants who have registered and hope to register many more on the day of the event.
Krystal's status remains about the same. I was finally able to meet her nurse when she came by last week. It was nice to be able to voice my concerns surrounding her health, (headaches, ravenous appetite, tiredness) and feel as if I was heard.
The hospice team has requested a family care conference that will include the social worker for the adults as well as the one for the kids, and the nurse. Tommy, Krystal, her mom, sister, and I plan on attending. We are not really sure what to expect out of this meeting, but I've got a feeling we are gonna need a box of Kleenex. The meeting is currently scheduled for Monday the 28th at 4pm at the house, and I hope to write the next update shortly thereafter. Until then, tell those that you love that you do!
Thank you for your continued support through your prayers, meals, visits, donations, and all the love that helps to lighten our burden.
If you would like to bless the Warwicks with a meal- new dates have been added:http://www.TakeThemAMeal.com/meals.php?t=KPKJ9415
If you would like to register to join us for the 5k:http://waronbraintumors.azurewebsites.net/index.html
In case you missed the Bothell Reporter Article: http://www.bothell-reporter.com/news/228098241.html?utm_source=hootsuite&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=socialmedia